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THE SMOKY HEART OF AKETCH

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She watches them wave goodbye--quick side to side jerks by cute tiny hands; as they do everyday
She watches them run--their tiny bags bouncing up and down; as they do everyday
Wendy’s bag is a little oversize--she thinks; as she does everyday
Well, it’s the best I could get --she says; as she does everyday
She watches as they climb into the waiting bus--a little bit late; as it is everyday
They turn and wave at her one last time--smiling; as they do everyday
They disappear into the bus’s belly--full with noisy students; as it is everyday
The teacher at the door waves at and hails her “Mama Wendy”--before she closes the door; as she does some of the days
With the bus rolling away and the morning ritual over --Aketch heads back home; as she does everyday


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At 9:00am she heads to work greeting her neighbors on the way--with a graceful humor: as she does everyday
From a distance she sees the purple to-let with the initials “MAMA WENDY” done in bright white—eagerly she hastens her pa…

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